Education Films Inform Flagstaff
As a lead up to the Flagstaff Community Town Hall event, LAUNCH Flagstaff hosted three educational films in September. Approximately 200 people showed up at the McGee Auditorium to watch the movies and listen to panels of experts following each film.
The films Beyond Measure, Paper Tigers, and Rise Above the Mark were selected because they set a good framework to discuss some of the major challenges facing education in Arizona.
Themes for the post-film panel discussions included the economic impact of a robust educational system, challenges in education policy and funding, potential systems for community-wide support of student wellbeing, and the importance of Flagstaff’s high quality teachers.
Community leaders who spoke following the films included Daniel Kain, Laura Nicol, John Stigmon, Mary K. Walton, Michael Vogler, Virginia Watahomigie, Andrea Meronuck, Geoff Esposito, Sarah Ells, and Renee Fauset.
“Cross-sector community engagement is required to create a culture of world-class education for all Flagstaff children, which is the mission of the LAUNCH Flagstaff partnership,” says Paul Kulpinski, Partnership Director for LAUNCH.
Many of the attendees of the film series plan to contribute in the ongoing education conversation during the Flagstaff Community Town Hall on October 1st.